New Jersey Policy Perspective produces independent research and analysis on policy solutions to advance social, economic, and racial justice. From data-driven reports to policy briefs and explainers, we work to provide lawmakers, legislative staff, advocates, community leaders, and reporters with the facts and figures behind the most pressing policy issues facing the Garden State.

Prohibiting Reporting Medical Debt to Credit Reporting Agencies Would Help Protect New Jersey’s Most Vulnerable Residents from Financial Ruin

Testimony from NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Dr. Brittany Holom-Trundy before the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee.

Outdated and Ineffective: Why New Jersey Needs to Update Its Top Anti-Poverty Program

TANF benefit grant amounts set in the 90s fail to keep up with today's rising costs and the evolving needs of families and children.

Lengthy Sentences Do Not Serve as Deterrents, Address Root Causes, or Reduce Crime

Testimony from NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Marleina Ubel in opposition of increasing sentences for trespassing offenses.

Very Big, Very Few, and Far Away: Majority of Companies That Would Pay the Corporate Transit Fee Are From Out-of-State

The proposed Corporate Transit Fee would be targeted to the most profitable corporations in the world, not New Jersey businesses.

No Matter What You Call Them, Private School Vouchers Are Bad for New Jersey

New proposal would create New Jersey’s first-ever private school voucher program, funneling public tax dollars to private schools.

New Immigrants Drive Economic Growth in New Jersey

Newly arriving immigrants make significant contributions to New Jersey’s economy through their labor, entrepreneurial endeavors, and tax contributions.

Social Equity Excise Fee Revenue Should Support Those Harmed Most by Cannabis Prohibition

Testimony from Senior Policy Analyst Marleina Ubel before the Cannabis Regulatory Commission in support of equitable distribution of SEEF funds.

The Open Public Records Act (OPRA) Ensures Government Transparency and Accountability

Testimony from NJPP Policy Analyst Alex Ambrose in opposition to a bill that would gut OPRA and create red tape for records requestors.

The FY2025 Budget Should Use Corporate Tax Revenue to Support Public Investments

Testimony from Senior Policy Analyst Peter Chen in support of reinstating the full Corporate Business Tax surcharge to fund public services.

Evaluating Governor Murphy’s Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year 2025

The governor’s budget maintains funding for essential public services, but more revenue is needed.

Strong Pretrial Services Lead to a More Just Criminal Legal System

Testimony from NJPP Policy Director Awinna Martinez in support of strengthening New Jersey's pretrial services.

What to Look for in the New Jersey Budget for Fiscal Year 2025

Ahead of Governor Murphy’s budget address, here are eleven ways the next state budget can advance economic justice.

Fare Hikes Will Not Fix NJ Transit’s Structural Financial Issues

Testimony from NJPP Policy Analyst Alex Ambrose to NJ Transit Board of Directors in opposition to raising fares for NJ Transit riders.

Family Leave Expansion Is Good for Business, Improving Retention and Reducing Labor Costs

Testimony from NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Peter Chen in support of expanding New Jersey's Paid Family Leave protection.

New Jersey’s Population is Actually Growing, Despite Data from Moving Van Companies

Bad data alert: When it comes to measuring New Jersey’s population, trust the Decennial Census, not a random moving van company.

State of the State 2024: Rapid Reaction

The NJPP team reacts to key highlights and omissions in Governor Murphy’s State of the State address.

Arbitrary Time Limits on Emergency Assistance Prevent New Jerseyans From Receiving Supports They Need

Testimony from NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Dr. Brittany Holom-Trundy in support of extending the time limit for Emergency Asistance.

Fines and Fees Disproportionately Harm Low-Income Families

Testimony from NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Marleina Ubel in opposition of imposing a fine for underage drinking.

New Jersey’s Lowest Income Families Could Lose Their Emergency Assistance

Emergency Assistance provides direct support to protect residents from the harmful effects of poverty and homelessness.

Civilian Complaint Review Boards Foster Transparency, Fairness, and Safety in Policing Practices

Testimony from NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Marleina Ubel in support of establishing Civilian Complaint Review Boards (CCRBs).

Civilian Complaint Review Boards (CCRBs) Foster Transparency, Fairness, and Safety in Policing Practices

Testimony from NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Marleina Ubel in support of implementing Civilian Complaint Review Boards (CCRBs).

Family Leave Expansion Would Advance Equity and Eliminate Fear of Retaliation for All of New Jersey’s Workers

Testimony from NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Peter Chen in support of lowering the work requirement for Family Leave to 90 days.

Extending Emergency Assistance Would Help New Jersey Residents Avoid Hunger and Homelessness

Testimony from NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Dr. Brittany Holom-Trundy in support of extending the eligibility for Emergency Assistance.

Building on Existing Programs Will Help Support New Jersey’s Families

Testimony from NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Dr. Brittany Holom-Trundy on the New Jersey Department of Human Services FY 2025 budget.

New Jersey’s Transition to Clean Energy Must Be Equitable

Testimony from NJPP Policy Analyst to the Senate Environment Committee on New Jersey's clean energy future.
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